I am a secularish Jewish lefty. I demand intellectual rigor, logical reasoning, scientific method, and also compassion for humanity and all living beings, inherent suspicion of the state and its institutions, the strict regulation and accountability of corporations, trust in nature, and care for the environment.
There is a middle between saying that government and big pharma are 1000% untrustworthy and poisoning our kids, and saying that the government and big pharma are 1000% trustworthy and that anyone who thinks otherwise is a complete kook.
One of the problems is that these conversations are so polarized that they become completely ideological and the issue being discussed, in the present case vaccines, is just a football thrown back and forth between two sides insisting they’re right no matter what kind of evidence contradicting their point of view is placed before them. Generally, people arrive at their conclusions — often because of their upbringing or social environment — and then seek out the facts which affirm their existing worldview. Personally, I strive to formulate my opinions based on all available evidence and credible points of view, while doing my best to stay true to the principles and ideals I value.